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''The Frank Sinatra Show'' - May 5, 1951

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''The Frank Sinatra Show'' - May 5, 1951

Published 1951

I had previously uploaded about 24 minutes of this, but finally, I can upload the whole episode I have of "The Frank Sinatra Show". As You'd assume, it's a musical-variety series. In some ways, despite Frank's many talents, this show is a bit of a mess when compared with some other high-profile star series of the time. Guests include Dagmar and June Hutton. At first I thought this was one episode and a partial episode, but it seems to be a complete episode. Why 45 minutes? The commercials are intant and there seem to be no cuts. What was the other 15-minutes filled with? Comedy? A Music series? A newscast? Dead air? Anyone know? Please help!!

Run time 44:03
Production Company Columbia Broadcasting System
Audio/Visual Sound, Black and White


Reviewer: SaraHr914 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 19, 2011
Subject: Source?
Hey Seto-Kaiba_Is_Stupid... Where did you get this footage? I'd love to have a DVD copy...

Reviewer: DJ Psychomike - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 3, 2010
Subject: what a mess, but a cool one- and the back story
Did this show have a director? Did anyone rehearse? Sinatra sports a moustache and saves the show with his songs.

Dagmar was a huge hit on 1950's TV. She was the "dizzy blonde" that Jessica Simpson wishes she was. She started on Jerry Lesters show but he lost control of the show after America fell in love with the Southern belle. He quit his own show!

Mitch Miller saw this Sinatra show and decided to have Dagmar and Frank do a duet on a novelty record together. Frank agreed, don't know if he had slept with her or not ( his comments to the female singer on the show implying her husband was, open minded, went over the 50's audience but I caught it) or just wanted to, but when Mitch asked him to bark like a dog he fumed. He quit the label. Years later Mitch saw him at a table and went over to say hello. Frank famously told him to "Keep f*n walkin' pal" and that was that. Now you know the back story.
Reviewer: 1StepBeyond - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 20, 2009
Subject: Sintra delivered everytime and every week
The 36 Sinatra certainly had self confidence oozing in every note of every song. He enjoyed performing and the audience loved him. Just think about the 1950s singers and actor regularly performing. We expected it. And they were ezpected to have a sense of decency. Today's so called prima dona stars are unable to come out more than once a year, if that. And what about the current trend of indency. Frank Sinatra was a kind of one man show.
Reviewer: Seto-Kaiba_Is_Stupid - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 20, 2009
Subject: I Uploaded This
I am really trying to write a creative, unusual review for this item I uploaded. So:

"It's better than much of today's top 40. Mind you, Frank Sinatra could have sung "Mary Had a Little Lamb" and it'd still be better than anything Black Eyed Peas has done".

"At least it's better than The Magic Clown!"

"It's amazingly, unbelievably better than Window on the World. Then again, what isn't?"

"If you don't download this, I will tell the alien prince to blow up planet Earth to make way for an intergalactic parking lot".

"Toronto is a gigantic Parking lot, and that's no excuse to avoid watching this decent old TV footage"

"I haven't been this excited about TV since they cancelled Window on the World!"

"Frank Sinatra is Over 9000!"

"I Like Frank"
Reviewer: 167656 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 16, 2009
Subject: Could be visual evidence of the Paramount Stage Show
As most of the guests are from Sinatra's 1951 Paramount Stage Show I'm guessing many of the bits are also from that show, meaning this may be the only surviving visual evidence of what that 1951 Paramount show was like. This show by the way was competing directly with "Your Show of Shows," and of course losing. Later it would be moved to Tuesdays nights and placed against "The Texaco Star Theatre" with Milton Berle, and soon after cancelled.
Reviewer: Tenor madman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 13, 2009
Subject: Absolutely must see!
So many noteworthy things here. What a marvelous 1951 time capsule! Here you'll see a young, 36-year-old Sinatra looking very at home in front of this audience as he sings, dances, and chit-chats with the guests.

Also here is Eileen Barton, who, just a few months prior to this had a big hit record with the novelty song "If I knew you were coming, I'd have baked a cake". She doesn't sing that, but she's really good here, as she sings one with Frankie, and one by herself.

Speaking of females, here you'll see the blonde bombshell Dagmar as she sings, dances, chats and acts in a script or two. She also was a huge sensation at this time, most notably with Jerry Lester on Broadway Open House.

Many thanks to the person who found, researched, and then posted this great 1951 slice-of-life.

Reviewer: ercjncpr - - August 12, 2009
Subject: Wallter Slezak?
I am still looking for the one guest starring Walter Slezak
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